Saturday, 3 November 2012

Beth D. Carter: Let Romance Take Flight

Today I'd like to welcome Beth. We meet in a group on Facebook and I wanted to share her blog and books. I like your Hump Day Hook. Who started that idea and have you had any trouble choosing paragraphs to post?

Hump Day Hook was started by Kerrianne Coombes. Every Wednesday we post a paragraph on either a WIP (work in progress) or something already published. It’s a great way to get some feedback and to whet the appetites for the readers. I love it, plus it makes me actually sit down and do something on my blog.

Having something scheduled is always good. Do you get good feedback on your writing on your blog?

The best feed back comes from blog hops. I do find a correlation between what I blog and new Twitter followers, which is interesting. For instance, food. If I write about a recipe suddenly I have lot of health food people following me.

That makes sense. Especially if you use any tags. Who do you find is most likely to comment: readers or fellow writers?

Actually, I’m not sure. I get the most visitors during blog hops so I’m guessing its readers.

That is one reason I LOVE blog hops. It seems most of my connections are writers and that is a great way to access readers. How do you choose which ones to participate in?

I’ll be in any blog hop I can find! Ha ha ha! I love blog hops. It helps bring people who've never heard of me or my books to my site. I love chatting about whatever random topic that’s assigned and reading how others interpret the topic. My next hop is November 9th, the Autumn Harvest Blog Hop so please check in since I’ll be giving away a free ebook!

I'll be beside you in that hop. Besides Carrie Ann's Bloghops, I'll also point you and other bloggers to Close Encounters with Night Kind. Scrolling back I see recipes and food posts! Yummy! Planning on giving us a Christmas baking list to whet our whistles?

Mmm….Christmas….first, though, is Thanksgiving and I plan to share a few family recipes. As for Christmas, there is this recipe for Divinity that I’m going to post because, like its name, it’s simply heavenly! If you've never had Divinity then you must make it! (It’s actually hard to make but well worth the trouble!)

Right. I'm showing my Canadian colours. We have already had Thanksgiving. Congratulations on your recent release of The Song Bird. Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?

Thank you! The Song Bird was one of the most difficult stories I've ever written. I was constantly saying, “What the hell do I do now?” I enjoy pushing my creativity and on this one I backed myself into many corners. I think it came out well, but readers are a fickle lot. Ha ha! I love writing historical, but I love picking aspects in time that are different, and when I came across the Committees of Vigilance in San Francisco’s illustrious past, I knew I had to write about it.

I also love writing mysteries and I love writing about strong women, but I especially love writing about women who start out weak and through the process of the story find out just how strong they really are. I think a lot of us are like that. We don’t know who we really are until pushed past our limits, and I like exploring those boundaries. I constantly ask myself, “What would I do?”

I don’t really have a writing process. Basically, I write per scene so sometimes it’ll take me a few days to think it out and then when I do I can knock out a good portion at one time. But I don’t have a set regiment. I envy those authors who say they sit down and write for hours every day and maybe that’s why they are a bit more successful than me. LOL! I find promoting myself very daunting. It’s the one part of being an author that’s not fun.

I understand. It's the part I fall down on. Thank you for coming to my blog!

Thanks so much for letting me visit with you! I had so much fun!

Song Bird is available through Bookstrand.

Avilon Chambert travels to the wild city of San Francisco to find her missing sister. All she has is a letter explaining she’s in terrible trouble and that she’s been working as an upstairs girl in a club owned by two handsome men, Eli Masters and Jason Braddock.

When she arrives at the club, the only way she can get to talk to them is by auditioning for the singing position, and she captivates them by her beautiful operatic voice. But the answers to her questions are vague and filled with holes, rousing her suspicions.

Her arrival at the club sets off a chain of events filled with danger. As she grows closer to Eli and Jason, the search for her sister unleashes the wrath of a madman bent of revenge, threatening to destroy everything and everyone she’s come to love.